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distinguish

Pronunciation: /dɪˈstɪŋgwɪʃ/

Translation of distinguish in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (differentiate) distinguir*, diferenciar to distinguish sth/sb from sth/sb distinguir* or diferenciar algo/a algn de algo/algn
    Example sentences
    • What I have difficulty with is distinguishing different noises in loud areas.
    • Pinker suggests that our love of music may have developed out of a similar evolutionary need to distinguish different sounds.
    • The software is also speed-sensitive, so it can distinguish the different conditions in city driving and faster roads or motorways.
    Example sentences
    • These differences are sufficient to distinguish between the two species.
    • As investors, we need to be able to distinguish between interesting scientific discoveries and commercially viable projects.
    • This difference is very significant because it helps you distinguish between vertical and horizontal pipes.
    1.2
    (distinguishing present participle/participio presente)
    [feature/mark] distintivo, característico
    Example sentences
    • Several features distinguish the Posimetric design from other feeding technology.
    • Some of the characteristics that distinguish the two are intrinsic.
    • A suite of characteristics distinguishes Orconectes neglectus from other northeastern crayfishes.
  • 2 (make out) distinguir*
    Example sentences
    • I squinted into the darkness, barely distinguishing anything.
    • To his credit, Hornby manages to distinguish the four voices well.
    • The loud phone rings were barely able to be distinguished.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • distinguir* he can't distinguish between green and blue no distingue entre el verde y el azul, no distingue el verde del azul

reflexive verb/verbo reflexivo

  • to distinguish oneself distinguirse*, destacarse* you didn't exactly distinguish yourself [humorous/humorístico] la verdad es que te luciste [irónico]

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